"Something is at Stake": Northern European Cultural Studies Where, How, and Why?


  • Anne Scott Sørensen Institute for The Study of Culture, The Culture and Communication Section, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark




Cultural studies, Scandinavian cultural studies, regional cultural studies, cultural forms, the performative turn, ciritique and ethics


In this article, I address the current state of cultural studies in Northern Europe and more specifically in the Nordic countries, especially in Denmark. I take my point of departure in offering an answer to the question, what is cultural studies anyhow? and raise some questions about its future directions. From that, I then discuss how we can reason about regional cultural studies since in so doing we are caught in a dilemma: on the one hand, it provides a way to nuance hegemonic his-tories and ways of mapping the international field but, on the other hand, it also inevitably leads to new generalizations and new inclusions and exclusions. I go on to examine first the (im)possibility of scaling (regional, national, etc.) and, next, the challenge it raises at different levels of setting, i.e., Northern Europe, the Nor-dic countries, and Denmark. Finally, I focus on national, i.e., Danish cultural stud-ies and return to the question of the future of the discipline.


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